Inside Story: The Newspaper Ad

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Alexei scanned the classified ads of his local newspaper in Siberia, Russia. He wanted to be sure that his ad for home improvements was attractive and his prices competitive. His eyes fell on the religious section of classified ads. The ads there offered to tell people’s fortunes or read their palms. So many ads for Satan, … [Click to read more …]

The Gift of Repentance

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One of my life-long battles has been with colas. Actually I can’t honestly say I have battled it my whole life, which may be part of the problem. I am not going to debate temperance vs. abstinence concerning colas, but let’s face it, they have 0% nutritional value, and if you drink too much you … [Click to read more …]

06: The Conditions of Revival – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith


“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy”(Proverbs 28:13, NKJV) [Thought questions for The Conditions of Revival August 9, 2013] 1. The gift of repentance. If repenting of our sins means feeling sorrow for committing them, how can repentance be a gift? What are the benefits … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Confession’s Healing Power

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Confession lances the boil of guilt and allows the poisonous pus of sin to drain. Confession is healing in many ways. It opens our hearts to receive God’s grace. Through confession we accept the forgiveness that Christ freely offers us from the Cross. Confession is healing because it allows us to receive grace. Confession also … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: True and False Repentance Contrasted

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There are some very specific examples in the Bible of people who sought repentance but were not forgiven by God. They wept. They were sorrowful. They confessed their sin but were not forgiven. Read the accounts of Pharaoh, Balaam, Esau, and Judas in Exodus 12:29-32, Numbers 22:32-35, Hebrews 12:17, and Matthew 27:4. What common thread do you see running through each … [Click to read more …]

06: The Conditions of Revival – Teaching Plan


Key Thought : Sin hinders repentance and confession. Repentance and confession of specific sins opens the clogged channels between us and God. [Teaching plan for The Conditions of Revival August 5, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Acts 5:30-32. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: True Repentance and Confession

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What spiritual principles do we learn from Leviticus 5:5; 1 John 1:9; Isaiah 1:16-18; and Acts 26:19-20 regarding the nature of true repentance and confession? Genuine repentance is always accompanied by confession of specific sins. The Holy Spirit does not give us vague feelings of guilt. He convicts us of our definite shortcomings. “True confession is always of a specific character, … [Click to read more …]

Monday: True Repentance Defined

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How does the apostle Paul describe true repentance? 2 Cor. 7:9-11. Repentance is a God-initiated sorrow for sin. It also includes a decision to forsake whatever specific sins that the Holy Spirit brings to mind (Ezek. 14:6, Zech. 1:4). Genuine repentance does not lead Christians into a state of deep depression because of their sinful natures or deeds. “Godly … [Click to read more …]